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Rathealy Ringfort
Ráth Éalaigh
Alternate name Stuaic of Rathealy
Location Rathealy, Tullaroan, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Region Nore Valley
Altitude 247 m (810 ft)
Type ringfort
Area 0.8 ha (2.0 acres)
Diameter 99 m (325 ft)
Height 3 m (9.8 ft)
History
Builder Síol Elaigh
Material earth
Founded 6th–12th century
Periods Early Christian Ireland
Associated with Gaelic Irish
Site notes
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Rathealy
Reference no. 376

Rathealy Ringfort is a ringfort (rath) and National Monument located in County Kilkenny, Ireland.

Location

Rathealy Ringfort is located on a hilltop 3.5 km (2.2 mi) north of Tullaroan.

History

Rathealy is believed to derive its name from Élothach mac Fáelchon, king of the Uí Cheinnselaig of South Leinster. There is a surrounding wall 3 m (9.8 ft) high and a ditch 6 m (20 ft) deep. It also known as the Stuaic of Rathealy, the Irish word meaning "peak" or "spike". A standing stone nearby may be pre-Christian.

Description

Rathealy Ringfort is a trivallate rath with a rectangular house, circular house and souterrain entrance clearly visible.

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